Symmetry, Integrability and Geometry: Methods and Applications (SIGMA)

SIGMA 6 (2010), 042, 18 pages      arXiv:0903.5237
Contribution to the Special Issue “Noncommutative Spaces and Fields”

Discrete Minimal Surface Algebras

Joakim Arnlind a and Jens Hoppe b
a) Institut des Hautes Études Scientifiques, Le Bois-Marie, 35, Route de Chartres, 91440 Bures-sur-Yvette, France
b) Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule, 8093 Zürich, Switzerland (on leave of absence from Kungliga Tekniska Högskolan, 100 44 Stockholm, Sweden)

Received March 23, 2010, in final form May 18, 2010; Published online May 26, 2010

We consider discrete minimal surface algebras (DMSA) as generalized noncommutative analogues of minimal surfaces in higher dimensional spheres. These algebras appear naturally in membrane theory, where sequences of their representations are used as a regularization. After showing that the defining relations of the algebra are consistent, and that one can compute a basis of the enveloping algebra, we give several explicit examples of DMSAs in terms of subsets of sln (any semi-simple Lie algebra providing a trivial example by itself). A special class of DMSAs are Yang-Mills algebras. The representation graph is introduced to study representations of DMSAs of dimension d ≤ 4, and properties of representations are related to properties of graphs. The representation graph of a tensor product is (generically) the Cartesian product of the corresponding graphs. We provide explicit examples of irreducible representations and, for coinciding eigenvalues, classify all the unitary representations of the corresponding algebras.

Key words: noncommutative surface; minimal surface; discrete Laplace operator; graph representation; matrix regularization; membrane theory; Yang-Mills algebra.

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